A Kingdom of Chalvaren Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
THE DRAGONSTONE HAS RETURNED
With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.
TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT
Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth...and their war.
It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.
About the Author:
Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Georgia where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child, Paula soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south.
Paula lives with her husband at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies. In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters in thrilling romantic fiction.
Hello, Deal Sharing Aunt! Thanks for sharing your Readers with me today as we discuss fantasy romance and questions about writing. *Waves at Readers*
I’m from Savannah, Georgia.
Tell us your latest news?
My novel Chalvaren Rising is now available from Boroughs Publishing Group.
When and why did you begin writing?
When – at the tender age of 13. I took a break for boys and real life, got married, went to college, then resumed writing for publication a few years ago. Why – I couldn’t find the perfect blend of Fantasy and Romance so I decided to write the book I wanted to read.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always known I was a writer, but when I signed my first book contract with Boroughs Publishing Group in 2013, then I knew I had street creds.
What inspired you to write your first book?
A strong desire to blend fantasy and romance.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a hybrid, so I start by letting things flow to enter my creative space – artists call this a creative flow state. When I reach the end of the draft I reorganize my story with an outline and a solid structural plan.
How did you come up with the title?
A brainstorming session with fellow writers – I knew I wanted “Chalvaren” in the title. The elements of the story drove the rest of the wording.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes – Love is Worth Fighting For.
How much of the book is realistic?
The point of a fantasy story isn’t so much showing how different a world is, rather it’s showing how similar we all are when external elements apply pressure to characters to change. So, most of Mia’s journey is realistic, even though she gets to ride dragons and work magic in a noble realm.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My own desire to see love flourish in my life definitely makes it into my books. I won’t tell you who inspired the antagonist Isa Ansgar.
What books have most influenced your life?
The Bible, and Webster’s New World College Dictionary.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My editor Chris Keeslar, Lynn Johnston, and most every writer I’ve met through Romance Writers of America.
What book are you reading now?
Alien Contact for Kid Sisters by Ed Hoornaert – great Science Fiction Romance.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, my publishing house, Boroughs Publishing Group has tons of new authors. I’m currently enamored of Marilyn Baxter’s contemporary romance.
What are your current projects?
I recently finished a romantic suspense novel about an FBI agent teaming up with a Mafia Hit Man in New York City. Currently I’m working on hammering out more Kingdom of Chalvaren romances – I’ve discovered there are several characters among my cast who want their own story. Castle Elias is apparently full of interesting stories.
What would you like my readers to know?
In the Kingdom of Chalvaren Romances, I explore the relationship between genres: “How can we blend High Fantasy and Romance into a story that leaves the Reader breathless, where magic and suspense collide in an imaginary world?
I grew up in Savannah, Georgia, surrounded by fantasy tales steeped in southern and worldwide tradition. One question I wanted to explore was why wasn’t more heart-rending romance woven into the fantasy genre? “Hey, all those elves and hobbits and dragons had to come from somewhere, right?”
Now, with the release of my new novel, Chalvaren Rising, I get a chance to explore weaving the strengths of both worlds into one. “I wanted to find out what would happen if I designed a world where fantasy lovers get their quest, but also give their girlfriends a healthy dose of grown-up romance along the way. Worlds are better when you include the element of love.”
Building on my overactive childhood imagination, I created a world where sentient dragons defend their keepers, and the elves of Chalvaren willingly risk everything to save their future kingdom. “It’s a family story with a strong cast of characters aided by a taste of magic which rounds out the adventure.”
Villains exist in Chalvaren, and darkness looms, but the theme that love is worth fighting for is demonstrated when Mia and Kort’s passion will not wait. “And, their love for their dragons, their protectors, drives the story line in an intimate way.”
Share Chalvaren Rising with your friends. It’s a fairy tale meant to entertain your heart, with characters meant to endure throughout time.
It’s been wonderful chatting with you today. I hope you’ll find a place on your bookshelf for Chalvaren Rising. Thank you for your time and for sharing your Readers with me.
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$25 Gift Card to Boroughs Publishing Group, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble - Winner's Choice
3 custom designed Dragonstone Book Thongs open to US Shipping
2 e-copies of Dragonstone (Lunchbox Romance prequel to CR)
2 e-copies of Chalvaren Rising